What does the world look like to a lion? In this startling, innovative novel, Hoke invites readers to find out. Told from the perspective of a mountain lion loping beneath the Hollywood sign, the story follows the big cat as he observes and ponders the humans around him. From ruminations on people as food--“I’ve never eaten a person but today I might"--to a range of emotions that seem too complex for the language that conveys them, the lion opens a set of wondrous possibilities and questions about the world we live in. Dreamy, sensuous, tragic, and aching with want, Open Throat is unlike anything I have read before.